Annual General Meeting

AGM and Members' Meet-up 2019

Saturday 27 April 2019
Silsden, West Yorkshire

Join us at our 2019 AGM to explore ideas around ethical finance and to have your say in Ecology's future.

Our next AGM and Members' Meet-up will be on Saturday 27 April 2019 at our eco-build offices in Silsden, West Yorkshire. The event is open to all Ecology members and is your opportunity to influence our work and to meet other members, our staff and Directors.

The theme of this year's event is the Triple Bottom Line, exploring how Ecology's work can support positive outcomes from the perspectives of people, planet and prosperity. Come along to hear from an exciting line-up of leading experts discussing environmental issues, sustainable housing, and behaviour change, and enjoy a tour of our eco-build offices and permaculture-inspired garden.

We will be sending invitation packs to members in late March with all the information you need to vote in our AGM as well as details of how to join us in Silsden. Non-members are also welcome to attend, subject to space.

If you can't come, you can still email us with a question for our Directors and follow the progress of the day using the #EcologyAGM hashtag on Twitter.

Why attend?

We’re owned by our members and put their interests first, so if you’re a part of Ecology we want to hear what you think.

Our AGM and Members’ Meet-up is your opportunity to:

  • Meet the Ecology team and share your views on our work
  • Hear from leading experts on climate change and sustainable housing
  • Explore our eco-build offices and permaculture gardens



09.15Registration and refreshments
Meet your fellow members
09.30Building societies for beginners
Optional session giving an introduction to the building society model and the workings of an AGM
10.15Annual General Meeting including Ask the Directors
11.30Putting people, planet and prosperity at the heart of the business
Introduction to the triple bottom line approach and Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV)
Dr. Adriana Kocornik-Mina, Senior Manager, GABV
12.00Putting the planet first
Gareth Redmond-King, Head of Climate Change, WWF
Marianne Heaslip, Architect and Associate Principal, Urbed
John Alker, Director of Policy and Places, UKGBC
13.00Lunch (vegetarian, complimentary)
Our catering provider is Shine Collective, a Leeds-based social enterprise which supports
people with convictions and invests its profits into projects that make a positive impact in
the local community
14.00Putting people first
Summuya Khader, Ecology borrower and Board member of Granby 4 Streets CLT, Liverpool
Rose Seagrief, Programmes Manager, Power to Change
Emily Auckland, Network Director and Co-chair, UKSSD
15.15Let's talk about carbon
Interactive group session using the Carbon Conversations approach to help members understand how they can reduce their carbon footprint
Jan Maskell, Facilitator, Carbon Conversations
16.15Closing comments
Paul Ellis, Chief Executive

Our 2019 speakers include leading experts on environmental issues, sustainable housing and behaviour change. They’ll be exploring topics related to this year’s theme: the Triple Bottom Line – how Ecology’s work can support positive outcomes from the perspectives of people, planet and prosperity.

John AlkerDirector of Policy & Places, UK Green Building Council (UKGBC)
John leads UK-GBC’s advocacy strategy, working with government and the private sector. This includes Advancing Net Zero, a global programme catalysing decarbonisation of the built environment in response to the Paris Agreement. With previous political communications experience in emissions trading and sustainable homes, John also leads UK-GBC’s work on cities, bringing city policy-makers together with industry to enable sustainable place-making.

Emily AucklandNetwork Director & Co-chair, UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)
Emily works with UKSSD’s partner organisations to mobilise progress towards the SDGs. UKSSD is a cross-sector network of organisations who work together to drive action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK. An Edie Sustainability Leader of the Year 2019 finalist, Emily also works for environmental charity Bioregional and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Marianne HeaslipArchitect & Associate Principal, URBED
Marianne is an architect specialising in urban design, sustainability, and participative design, and a certified European Passive House Designer. She is also a member of the Terrace 21 housing cooperative – part of the wider Granby Four Streets community land trust. Marianne’s current work encompasses a variety of community-led housing and regeneration projects, including Carbon Co-op’s ‘People Powered Retrofit’ scheme.

Sumuyya KhaderEcology borrower and Board member of Granby 4 Streets CLT
Sumuyya is a Board member of the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust (CLT) and a resident of the Granby area. The CLT is working to regenerate Liverpool’s Granby neighbourhood, renovating neglected properties to bring them back into use as affordable homes for local residents. Sumuyya also works as Operations Manager at Granby Workshop – an architectural ceramics studio based in Liverpool.

Adriana Kocornik-MinaMetrics & Research Senior Manager, Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV)
Holding extensive experience in development and sustainability research, Adriana is responsible for advancing research initiatives on values-based banking. She oversees the GABV Scorecard, a tool for assessing the alignment of financial institutions’ business models with sustainable banking principles. Adriana is also leading an engagement platform where knowledge is co-created around best practices and methodologies for impact creation and measurement.

Jan MaskellRegistered Occupational Psychologist, Carbon Conversations
In her work with Carbon Conversations Jan encourages behaviour change at a personal and organisational level, recognising the need to mitigate the impact of climate change and our impact on the environment. She lives in an eco-community and promotes this as an example of sustainable living through outreach work with academics and practitioners, as well as aspiring groups.

Gareth Redmond-KingHead of Climate Change, WWF-UK
Gareth leads a team of climate specialists focused on UK policy and action to reduce emissions across sectors, working closely with a wider network of climate and energy specialists. His work includes energy sector knowledge and engagement, greenhouse gas removal options, co-operation and engagement with businesses on climate change, and climate change action across international networks, including the UN.

Rose SeagriefProgrammes Manager, Power to Change
Rose leads a programme that provides funding for groups at the early stages of creating community-led housing. Rose has witnessed the power of communities – from the remotest Scottish islands the urban neighbourhoods of Leeds and London – to take matters into their own hands and deliver solutions that bring about lasting change, improving the quality of life for the whole community.


It’s very important to us that as many members as possible take up their opportunity to vote – it’s what makes us a democratic Society. All eligible members will have received an AGM voting pack including information about our AGM resolutions, via post or email, by early April, along with our Annual Review and Directors’ election statements.

This year’s voting will be administered by Electoral Reform Services (ERS), the UK’s leading provider of independent election services.

Voting online is the greenest and easiest way to have your say. Simply visit and enter your two-part login code as shown on your voting form or email.

We’ll donate 50p to international development charity Trees for Cities for every member who votes online (20p for those voting by post). We’ll also donate £1 to Trees for Cities for every member who signs up to receive future voting packs by email.

Please ensure we receive your vote by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019.


Ask the Directors

Our Directors want to hear from you! Email your questions and our Directors will answer them during our Ask the Directors session at the AGM. We’ll be tweeting the answers live via Twitter @EcologyBS.

Please note that for reasons of time, we can’t guarantee to answer every question during the AGM. Any questions that are not answered on the day will be answered afterwards and we’ll post responses on our website.


About our eco-build office

This year’s AGM and members’ Meet-up will take place at our eco-build office in Silsden, West Yorkshire.

The building has a living roof, high levels of insulation and low energy requirements. Photovoltaic panels generate electricity from the sun, windows are double-glazed and filled with argon to improve heat retention, and a heat exchanger and high-efficiency condensing boiler maintain a comfortable temperature.

Wherever possible, materials used in the building are from renewable sources, recycled or low toxicity. Our sedum nature roof provides a habitat for insects and birds, and a rainwater harvesting system supplies the water for our toilets and for the plants on the roof.

The gardens around the building have been designed to minimise environmental impact, increase biological diversity and remain low maintenance.

We’re close to many of the region’s attractions in Bradford, Leeds, Skipton and Harrogate, as well as the Yorkshire Dales National Park. You can find out more about the area on the official Welcome to Yorkshire site.

Wifi is available for visitors.

How to get here

You’ll find details of our office address and location here.

By bike

We have some space available for  bicycle parking. You can take your bike free-of-charge on trains in West Yorkshire (restrictions may apply).

By rail

We will be offering a complimentary taxi shuttle service to and from Steeton & Silsden railway station. Please let us know if you require this when you register to attend the AGM.

By bus

The Ecology office is approximately a three-minute walk from the Belton Road stop on Keighley Road (serves bus services 62 and 903).

By car

There are a limited number of car parking spaces available. Drivers may also be able to park for free on the road adjacent to our office (Belton road). If doing so, please park with consideration for our neighbours. If you’re using a satnav, the destination postcode is BD20 0EE.

Register to attend

You can register to attend our AGM and Members’ Meet-up 2019 via our dedicated Eventbrite registration page.

Click here to register now.

Registration is open to all members and non-members who are interested in finding out more about Ecology Building Society.

Please register by 5.00 pm on Thursday 18 April 2019 (for catering purposes). We will contact you to confirm your place – if you have not heard from us by Thursday 25 April 2019 or are unable to register online please contact us on 01535 650 770.

Please note: we will be taking photographs and filming the day for use on our website and in materials such as our newsletter. By attending this event you are giving your consent for us to film and take your photograph unless you tell us that you object to this.

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Ecology Building Society was rated as an ethical Best Buy for our mortgages and savings accounts by Ethical Consumer magazine in its product guide rankings (July/August 2018 issue).